Some would say that the Portuguese, Spanish or French would be the best countries to ally with and conquer the New World. Instead, we were invited aboard with the Frankfurt, Germany-based developer, Sunflowers. Recently, they crossed the Atlantic to show us their upcoming 1701 A.D., a startlingly pretty New World city-builder that took us by surprise.
First of all, the twilight of the Age of Exploration is a visual feast. 1701's artsy camera work piles on top of the luminescent oceans, emerald forests and steepled colonies to produce an endless string of Kodak moments. You can even snap screenshots and share your exploits with friends with the included "postcard mode".